Bereaved Children's Week 2017 is on from the 13th to the 18th of November.

Childhood Bereavement Week 2017


Bereaved Children’s Week 2017 is on from the 13th to the 18th of November.

The Key messages …Children grieve to:

  • Each child in a family grieves differently due to their personality, gender and the relationship they had with the person who has died.
  • Unlike adults, children dip in and out of grief. It can be intermittent and intense but also can pass quickly, distracted by friends and activities. Children’s grief is not a once off event
  • Children tend to protect parents from their pain and upset. This often leaves their grief unrecognised.
  • Children try to control their grief holding it in and pretending nothing has happened. This can be isolating.
  • Death can be frightening for children who may not have the information to help them understand what is happening.
  • Supporting Bereaved Children is best done at home in the child’s natural environment, with the support of family and friends. It is ok to be sad with your bereaved child


Supporting parents, guardians and professionals who care for grieving children and young people is kindly supported by
© The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network - 2013